After a year away from Earth, (TV: Aliens of London) Rose Tyler made the Ninth Doctor spend of day off with her watching old episodes on video in her flat and catching up on storylines which she had missed. The Doctor used this to his advantage when he used the Fowlers' residence in the series to inform Rose of the answer to a test set by Lazlee Flowers. (PROSE: The Monsters Inside)
Evelyn Smythe, having left with the Sixth Doctor in the year 2000, had "foreknowledge" of 1990s EastEnders episodes, and made a bit of cash off this, betting for the correct outcome. (PROSE: Instruments of Darkness)
In the summer of 2007, with the new "ghost" craze sweeping the planet, one of the killed-off characters, Den Watts, was brought back to the show in ghost form, using one of the ghosts which materialised during that period. The Tenth Doctor flicked through this episode of EastEnders along with Ghostwatch and Trisha Goddard, while investigating the new phenomenon at Jackie Tyler's flat. The ghosts were later revealed to be Cybermen attempting to cross between universes. (TV: Army of Ghosts)
During the Twelfth Doctor's imprisonment in the Prison, Clara Oswald taught Class 2A's art class. She asked the students to paint a placard with the slogan "SAVE THE DOCTOR" but instead, they got confused and began to paint "SAVE DOT COTTON". Clara explained to the Governor that Dot Cotton was a "famous Cockney chimney". (PROSE: The Blood Cell)
Behind the scenes
In TV: The Impossible Planet, the Tenth Doctor claims that "this is going to be the best Christmas Walford has ever had" is among the unluckiest phrases one could utter. Walford is the fictional setting of EastEnders, with the line being a reference to the soaps infamous tradition of having depressing Christmas specials.
Crossovers with Doctor Who
Though other stories portray EastEnders as a television soap, the Brief Encounter story Mistaken Identity by Gary Russell and the Doctor Who mini-episode Dimensions in Time cross over EastEnders with the Doctor Who universe. A line in First Frontier dismissed that adventure as a dream.
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Doctor Who references in EastEnders
The character Bradley Branning was a fan of Doctor Who, among other sci-fi series’. An episode broadcast in early 2008 saw him and Stacey Slater attend a Doctor Who convention. People in Dalek and Cybermen costumes could be seen at the event. In another episode, Bradley claimed he knew the names of all the actors to play the Doctor off by heart.
Louise Jameson, Sophie Aldred, Leslie Schofield, Brian Croucher, Michael Keating, Anna Wing, Ace Bhatti, Nina Wadia, Michelle Ryan, Lucy Baker, Gary Beadle, Lynda Baron, Jo Joyner, Sharon D Clarke, Michelle Collins, Jill Halfpenny, Rudolph Walker, Don Gilet, Anita Dobson, Tracy Ann Oberman, and Tamzin Outhwaite are just a handful of the Doctor Who actors to have appeared in the soap over the years.
Bonnie Langford took on the regular role of Carmel Kazemi in 2015, just over two decades after appearing on the EastEnders set as her Doctor Who character in Dimensions in Time. She left the role in 2018. Langford's onscreen family also consisted of Davood Ghadami, as Kush Kazemi, and Shaheen Jafargholi, as Shakil Kazemi.
A web spin-off, EastEnders E20, ran from 2010 to 2011. The first series featured Ricky Norwood, in his television debut, as Arthur "FatBoy" Chubb (who would go on to become a regular of the main series until 2015). The second series featured Tosin Cole, in his second television role, as Sol Levi, while the third and final series introduced Ava Bourne, played by Sophie Colquhoun.
Adele Silva, who portrayed Squeak in Survival, had a role on the show in 1991. Incidentally, the 2020 Doctor Who novel At Childhood's End would later reveal that Squeak had since become a model and actress, with EastEnders being among her acting roles.